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Presumption of fault should fall at motorists’ feet

Re “Cyclists say their rights go unrecognized” (Page A1, Feb. 15): Cyclists’ rights would be better protected and operators of motor vehicles would take more care if standards of proof were changed.

In Amsterdam, for example, when a motor vehicle collides with a cyclist, the vehicle operator is presumed to be at fault. This is analogous to the presumption of fault in rear-end accidents involving two vehicles.

A change such as this would go far to protect the safety of our cyclists.

Joel A. Feingold